Civil Fraud and Investigations

"The team is highly knowledgeable, easy to work with and produces an extremely high standard of work."

Chambers and Partners 2019

The cost of fraud to businesses and individuals runs into billions of pounds each ear. The international nature of commerce and increased reliance on electronic communications means that there has been a sharp increase in the number and value of fraud claims. Specialist lawyers are needed now more than ever to help find, preserve and recover stolen money and assets around the world.

Our established and highly experienced team of specialist civil fraud lawyers which act for both the victims of fraud and the defendants to civil fraud proceedings. Our Partners are ranked both as a team and individually in the legal directories, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

When fraud is suspected or discovered, the first steps are critical. At short notice, we can assemble a multi-disciplinary team to advise on all aspects, regardless of the scale and reach of the issue, providing swift strategic and tactical advice. We have wide experience in conducting internal investigations where the fraud has been perpetrated by someone within your company. For fraud matters that have a criminal aspect, we are uniquely placed to draw upon the expertise of our second-to-none criminal fraud team.

For victims of fraud, we have experience of finding, preserving and recovering stolen money and assets around the world and have regularly advised on seeking and obtaining freezing injunctions to preserve such assets.

For defendants who are accused of fraud, we have defended allegations on some of the biggest fraud cases to date involving freezing (and other) injunctions. We often work alongside our Criminal and Employment departments in matters that involve such implications.

We have acted on high profile and important recent fraud cases including:

  • obtaining the only judgment in favour of a member of the Ablyazov family in the wide-ranging and on-going litigation brought by BTA Bank;
  • acting for the liquidator of a Cayman company which was appointed to invest pension money in relation to a pension scheme being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office; and
  • acting for an African government trying to recover assets stolen by a former head of state.


For more information, read our frequently asked questions on civil fraud vs criminal fraud disputes and details regarding supervising solicitors



"Everything they do in their approach to cases is commercially astute and pragmatic."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

"They have a really deep expertise in fraud."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

"They're good at dealing with the client and fighting the case. I'd certainly recommend them."

Chambers and Partners, 2017

"They do top-level work."  

Chambers UK, 2017

...offers top quality service..."             Legal 500 UK, 2015


Read Louise Hodges' and Caroline Day's Chapter 'Witness Interviews: The UK Perspective'  in GIR's Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations

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Dealing with a dispute professionally and commercially takes skill. We assist and support our clients with both legal knowledge and strategy.

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We understand the importance in business of a brand and other intellectual property rights, which our clients have created, developed and own.

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When disputes involve individuals or organisations in different countries, those involved often face an array of complex issues in various jurisdictions.

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The court gives guidance on the hearing of applications brought by victims of fraud under section 281 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

The FCA, PRA and HMRC’s agreement on improved sharing of information and technical assistance

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